Been lurking for a while and read quite a few threads but thought it would be best to post to get some direct advice.
Listen to quite a few genres of music but I'm looking for a set of IEMs that will be best suited to instrumental / post-rock / post-metal bands like Mono and Red Sparowes. Also like listening to Zappa.
I recently had a pair of Phonak Audeo PFE 012s, quite liked the sound of them but needed to amp them and the nub at the back used to dig into the side of my ear after extended listening. Previous to that I had some Soundmagic PL50s which I liked the soundstage of but the build quality wasn't the best and the earpieces fell apart.
Ideally I wouldn't want to spend more than £250 and have been looking at Westone UM2 and Earsonics SM2 v2.
Any advice would be appreciated.
PS. I also think my current mp3 player (iPod Touch 2G) is on its way out, lots of problems with it lately. I'd rather not spend more than £150 on a player, my main criteria is sound quality and capacity, have no real interest in wifi, bluetooth, games, apps, playing video etc, and have been looking at the Colorfly C3 or the Clip+. (I can move this question to the portable source area if needed just thought I would save making two threads)